Whether you work from home or go to work every day, chances are you often feel stressed because you don’t have a clear line and balance between career and family life. On the one hand, you worry that you have little time to succeed in your work and move up the career ladder, and on the other, you feel overwhelmed because your work is taking too much time and you are missing out on the most precious moments in the life of your children. This kind of thinking suggests that you are faced with mommy issues.
In this article, we will talk about what is burnout, how to recognize burnout symptoms, and what you need to do to free yourself from the shackles as quickly as possible and not start the process of depression.
In today’s world, employers often treat working mothers like a job is all they have. Because of this, the workload increases, and women find themselves in a dilemma. It is at this moment that the parental burnout process starts.
According to CNBC, about 10 million moms who are combining work and motherhood find all the signs of burnout in the USA.
The worldwide pandemic has exacerbated the situation for parents. They are forced to find a balance between their work and providing their children with full care and improving their education.
Women have always been distinguished by their ingenuity and creativity. Many mothers spend all their energy to make the most of the time for their children, even while at work. They use a screen recorder to record tutorials and cartoons that will fill social constraints due to restrictions, while they work to improve the quality of life for their children.
Signs of burnout
- You are faced with the fact that all that you do no longer have any meaning and there is no more room for joy in your life.
- When working in an office or having remote work, you are more likely to think that whatever you are doing is not worth the stress and money you make.
- You feel that you have not yet decided what you want to do in your life and have not achieved success in moving up the career ladder.
- The thought that you did not have time to start a business and did not fulfill your cherished dreams do not leave you.
- You feel that work is wasting all your resources and when you come home, you do not have the strength to devote yourself to your child.
- You feel that you are isolating yourself from other people in your life.
- You constantly have the feeling that you are not one hundred percent fulfilling your work duties, and also not involved in the lives of your children.
- You put an end to caring for your health and forgot about healthy habits.
- Waking up in the morning, you have no strength to get out of bed and no enthusiasm to do anything.
- At night you often wake up and cannot sleep for a long time.
- You find it difficult to focus on what you are doing at any time of the day.
- Your mood changes every five minutes. You may cry when your spoon falls to the floor or laugh when nothing funny has happened.
- You have symptoms such as a bursting headache, stomach cramps, chest tightness, shortness of breath, or hair loss.
- You stop liking other people’s touch and increasingly want to be left alone.
- You have a grudge against your husband, child, or boss for unexplained reasons.
- Your favorite food no longer pleases you.
First of all, you must realize the main reasons for burnout and that you must start your recovery now.
How to recover from burnout
Don’t be afraid to ask loved ones and friends for help
The very first thing you can do is find someone you trust and talk about what you are experiencing and about everything that bothers you. This could be your husband or a close friend who will take the time for you to talk about your concerns. You should not be alone and do not assume that you have to solve your problems on your own. People who love you will listen to you, give practical advice and offer their help.
Seek professional help
In addition to supporting people close to you, you will need the help of a person who will draw up a plan of action for you on how to get out of this situation.
Take a break
The human body and mind cannot function properly without rest. Constantly working and caring for your children does not allow you to find time for yourself. Agree with your husband or parents that you would like to take a short break and get in better mental shape. You can take a spa break at a hotel where your body can replenish its strength and give you a boost of energy. Moreover, you can rent a house in nature and be alone. You can read books that have been waiting for you for a long time on the shelves or do yoga in the bosom of nature.
Teach your children to be self-reliant
When your children start going to school, it is time to teach them independence. Take the time to teach your children how to use household appliances, talk about how they can help mom with household chores (washing dishes, sweeping the floor, etc.).
Learn to set specific tasks for the day
So that you do not constantly feel that you do not have time to do something or are not doing enough, go to bed at night, write down in your diary the tasks that you need to do tomorrow. Do not try to squeeze the maximum strength out of your body. Try to schedule only those tasks that need to be completed and allow time for rest.
Working mothers want to be first-class professionals and caring mothers. However, combining business with pleasure, they often try to squeeze the maximum out of themselves and come to the conclusion that nothing else pleases them.
If you start to feel as if you can no longer do anything, then immediately take action and perform simple tasks so as not to face burnout.